Fifty Shades Darker picks up not too far from where we left off in Fifty Shades of Grey. Christian (Jaime Dornan) and Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) are still broken up from their not so good visit to the bedroom that turned painful. Christain realizes that ultimately he cannot spend his life without her and is determined to get her back. He inevitably succeeds, however, Anastasia wants to rewrite the rules. In this film, you see a bit more depth to who Christian Grey is. He still is still slightly mysterious, but he is more open. He makes jokes and even smiles more which can show how their relationship has really had an effect on him. Anastasia has blossomed into an independent woman who is sure of herself and what she really wants in the relationship.
During the film, Anastasia is visited by one of Christian’s previous subs, Leila (Bella Heathcote) who seems to be having issues of truly letting Christian go. Things quickly turn dangerous for the reunited couple and it forces Anastasia to question whether or not Christian can really change. Anastasia is also unwillingly introduced to the woman who started Christian down his kinky path, Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger), who does not approve of their relationship. I really wanted more backstory on these two women but I know this is a book to movie type of film and there is only so much material you can squeeze into 2 hours.
Surprisingly, this film did not bother me as much as the first one did. To some extent I actually enjoyed and I am confident most of the audience will as well. The film is not as kinky as the first one but there are still enough sex scenes to keep you entertained. This movie is more of a romance film than the first one and the actors seem to be a bit more comfortable in their roles than the first film. I would recommend to PAY and see this film in theaters.
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